Debbie Rhea
President, 2015
Dr. Debbie Rhea is a Full Professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She taught physical education and coached in the public schools for 12 years prior to earning her doctorate in pedagogy and sport/exercise psychology and moving on to the university level. She has published over 40 peer reviewed articles and 14 books on physical activity, eating disorders, and adolescents with a primary emphasis on diversity, behavior change, and motivation. She has presented at over 250 different local, regional, national, and international conferences on a wide variety of topics. Her newest project is ISIS (Innovating Strategies, Inspiring Students): More play, more character development.

Shirl Walter
President-elect, 2015

Henry Ross
Past President, 2015
Henry H. Ross holds a BS (1978-Kentucky State Univ, MS (1981-Southern Illinois Univ-Carbondale and EdD (2007-Texas A&M University-Commerce. He began his teaching/coaching career in 1978 at Lemon-Monroe High School in Ohio and moved to college teaching and coaching in 1981 at Kentucky State University. In 1985 he accepted a teaching position in the Department of Health and Physical Education and a football coaching position at Texas A&M Univ-Commerce (East Texas State Univ). During his tenure as a TAMU-C football coach, he helped guide the Lions to the Lone Star Conference Championship and the Quarter Finals of the NCAA-II football playoffs. In 1999 he retired from coaching and joined TAHPERD. He has been involved in numerous scholarly presentations, held several leadership positions, and served on numerous committees within the organization. In 2008, he was chosen the TAHPERD University Health Educator of the Year.

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Emily Allen, ext. 21
Communications Manager
Emily Allen is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Emily’s design experience spans a wide variety of genres, ranging from newspaper advertising at the San Antonio Express-News to logo and theme creation for Texas Nurse Practitioners. With the new logo in place Emily looks forward to further molding TAHPERD’s updated image.

Lynda Alvarado, ext. 15
Membership & Registration Manager
Lynda Alvarado joined TAHPERD in March 2005. She has 20+ years of experience working for educational association’s such as the Texas Association for School Boards and the Texas Association of School Business Officials. As membership and registration manager she is responsible for processing all memberships and registrations for the various conferences and convention.

Diana Everett, ext. 11
Executive Director
Diana joined TAHPERD in November 1999. She holds a doctorate in sport administration from Texas Woman's University and prior to moving into not-for- profit association management, she taught physical education, health, and biology and coached for eleven years at various high schools in Texas.

Lisa Fall, CMP, ext. 14
Director of Conventions & Meetings
Lisa Fall, CMP joined TAHPERD in February 1999, as the Director of Conventions & Meetings, responsible for the logistical planning/coordination of the association’s conferences and convention. Lisa began her meeting management career in 1990 and achieved the Certified Meeting Professional designation in 1995. She holds a BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin.

Becky Wyatt, ext. 18
Exhibits Manager


The Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (TAHPERD) is a not-for-profit professional association of individuals in the allied fields of health education, physical education, recreation, and dance.This Texas-based association is composed of over 4,500 professional and students members serving education from kindergarten through college. While most of our members are employed in public or private education, individuals representing interests in government and private agencies, business, and health care provision are increasing their voice in our membership. TAHPERD was founded in 1923 and is the only association in Texas serving education in all four of our disciplines—health, physical education, recreation, and dance.

Mission Statement

The Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance is committed to the development of knowledge and programs that promote active, healthy lifestyles and enhance skilled, aesthetic motor performance.

Board of Directors, Representative Assembly, and Executive Committee minutes available upon request.
Contact Dr. Diana Everett,

> Adapted Physical Activity Committee
> AIM Conference Committee
> Awards Committee
> Board of Directors
> College Committee
> Dance Committee
> Editorial Board
> Executive Committee
> Exemplary School Committee
> Finance Committee
> Future Directions Committee
> General Committee
> Health Education Committee
> Jump & Hoops for Heart Committee
> Legislative Affairs Committee
> Nominating Committee
> Parliamentarian
> Personnel Committee
> Physical Education Committee
> Recreation Committee
> Representative Assembly
> Research Section
> Rules Review Committee
> Sections
> Scholar Committee
> Sport Leadership Committee
> Student Section

TAHPERD Policies:
> Alcohol Policy
Membership - Buy Back Lapsed Years
Children at Convention and Conferences
> Code of Ethics - Board of Directors, Foundation & Trustees
> Conflict of Interest - Board of Directors, Foundation & Trustees
> Conference Program Reviews
> Dance Presentations with Students - Guidelines
> Inscription Policy for Honorary Bricks for the TAHPERD Building
> Naming Policy
> No Campaigning Policy
> Nondiscrimination

> Printed Materials Policy
> Records Retention
> Regional Division Vice Presidents
> Refunds for TAHPERD Events
> Speaker Honorarium for TAHPERD Members
> Travel Reimbursement Policy
> Vendor Policy
> Whistleblower Policy
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